Getting ready for the launch of The Games, get your free taster chapter on kindle now. Full book due to be released soon. Click the link above.
I hope you have had a great Christmas, although I know those affected by the flooding in the UK have had a tough time. Hopefully the weather will settle and they can get some normality back quickly as we all move into 2016.
I have been very busy over the last few weeks working on my latest book, a new venture into the experiences of five people on the same day – D Day. It is a fictional story but based on the real events of the day. I have just finished the story and am now onto the editing phase – so there will be the inevitable re-drafting of a few more versions before it is finished!
This is a departure from the world of the Riders of the North – I am continuing with that series – but I have always wanted to do a book on the Normandy landings, which my grandfather was part of, so his experiences form part of the story. I have been immersed in this project, so have been rather off the radar in the run up to Christmas. I hope those of you who have enjoyed my work in the Riders of the North books will be interested in my new work on D Day. I hope to have it available by Spring or early summer of 2016. Here is a little flavour;
War is hell. There is nothing glorious or heroic about killing, or being killed, for the ideology of other men. No greatness in that, none at all.
That was my thinking after I came home and the memory of fighting had subsided. It was the reason I could never return to Normandy, although my daughter often asked me too. A part of me had always wanted to, but a bigger part of me had not wanted to see it again – the beaches and the blood. I had always found it difficult to understand the other veterans who marched so proudly passed the cenotaph each year, with their medals, so proudly – men and women who surely had seen what I had seen? I didn’t want to remember the chaos, the smell, the blood. I did want to forget, not remember, or glorify it – but that was just my view, my way of coping. I was just a quiet, well-intentioned, and well- mannered young man from North Wales, working for the Russian oil company and looking after my widowed mother before Hitler forced me to travel across Europe-.
Enjoy what is left of the Christmas holiday and best wishes for a Happy New Year!
Hello again – day three update on ‘getting your book out there’. We got up to the idea of self-promoting by video. So if you’re not bothered about getting your face out there and being a brand and being as was recognise, whether for good or bad, then get a camera out and get vlogging. If you’re British and aged anywhere between 16 and 26 it seems you need to get some stupid haircut, a vest, some lame tattoo and a baseball cap then you are guaranteed some sort of audience, so that’s another option, just get yourself out there I suppose and get your mug known, if you’re comfortable with that. Trust me someone will find you attractive and want to see more of you.
I think I’ve been at this for 30 weeks, I may have skipped the last two because of all the other stuff I have been doing so I’ll say 30 now (damn that’s a long time.) Any who, it’s gone fairly well so, from humble beginnings, and all the rest. My series on what it is to be a small time writer, that I did last week was well received, thanks, check it out here >>> if you haven’t already. I thought I would continue the theme this week with the launch of Rose’s story, my second book, low bow thank you, I suppose first things first, Rose is out and I’m really happy with it. I found it a little bit difficult, more so than the first book, because I could kind of visualise myself in the main roles of Teo and the rest, whereas with Rose’s story the main character is a young girl, so not so easy but saying that it was liberating and I enjoyed it a lot so I hope you pick it up now from here here>>
Finally the big day arrives, launch day and you need to drum up lots of social media, you need your family, your friends, your work colleagues to all buy it at around the same time –
Back to e-publishing – well it is fairly simple to publish with Amazon kindle, Kobo and all the others you just need to write something, give it a title, get a cover then put it out for a few pounds whenever you want and there you go you have a book but you’re not a writer, not yet. People need to buy your product and that’s when you become a fully fledged writer, albeit on a small scale. My advice is to use a site called Lulu, which was set up by a guy who wanted to be a writer but couldn’t really make it with a big publisher, he saw what was going on with Amazon and the rest who operate a policy of ‘screw you’ as you do all the work and they take a bit chunk just because the can. Lulu gives you a fair deal so I recommend using Lulu.com as you keep a bit more money for yourself like any publishing outfit they take a percentage but they leave you a bigger percentage than the others do and they not only publish it on their site but they push it out so it will still be on amazon, kobo, nook, etc.